Everything happens for a reason. This I believe. 2 weeks after my personal trainer dumped me via a text message, he has refused to meet and talk to me like a grownup. Well, maybe there is a reason for that, and although I would have liked to have ended things more professionally, especially since we both live and work locally, I guess he would prefer to take his chances and hopes he won’t accidently bump into one of my colleagues, family, friends or neighbors, who are all, by now, very aware of the situation. I assure you, it will only be awkward for one of us if we ever meet face to face again.
Which brings me to the reason I am writing today. In my journey to find someone to guide me in the area of strength and conditioning for running and maybe golf, I have already had one eye opening experience. Let me just say, I am now using the power of the Internet and its ability to gather information to do some research into some of the philosophies, training methodologies and truths that have been tossed my way. There is a lot of bad information out there.
I know I said earlier this week I do not have time for this-and I don’t-but now I am realizing how very important education is. I have been to websites, I have pinned workouts, I have read about squats with and without heel lifts, and it is great information, but it means nothing without a basic foundational knowledge of how the body works and why.
My former trainer insisted the NSCA (National Strength and Conditioning Association) certifications were the industry leader. I should thank him for that I guess. Their website is a wealth of information, all pointing to valuable educational resources that anyone can use to make better choices about workouts.
I know I can easily get myself to the gym and do some deadlifts and Kettlebell swings, and planks, but why am I doing it? Education is empowerment. I knew I relied too much on someone telling me what to do, how to do it, and how many reps to do. That is their business-to make you think you need them in order to succeed.
I am going to share my journey here, this summer, as I educate myself about physical conditioning. I have already learned one important lesson:
To follow by faith alone is to follow blindly. – Benjamin Franklin